Queens Historical Society brings ancient African history into the classroom via THE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN ROYALTY, a classroom literacy program and field experience (trip). THE FESTIVAL OF AFRICAN ROYALTY is a school-day field trip at a local university where African history travels from the "page to the stage" and theater becomes an extension of classroom learning.
African Queenship...1500 BC - 1800 AD
"Four Thousand Years In Five Transformative Steps"
African Queens Live!
Students witness the celebration and recreation of eight of Africa's most renown rulers including Hatshepsut the first female pharaoh of ancient Kemet (Egypt) and a cast of more than 100 local middle/high school performing art students. The FAR formula, "4K in 5" reflects this multi-grade level collaborative, 4,000 years of history in 5 transformitive steps.
“He looked parched and old, but he resembled a strong wise man and a great spirit. The storyteller brought the life to the story and to me he was of great importance to the show.” Adric (Student)
“The choreography was amazing...every dance was just totally awesome! I was clapping along with everyone else to the beat and was having a great time watching.” Devonne Babe, Minnie Gant Elementary
“In the beginning, the drumming sounded wonderful! It made me feel like I was really in Africa, listening to people playing and dancing to the beats of the drum.” Emily Hathers, Minnie Gant Elementary
"The stories and games that they had these children playing were very educational and also historical which taught a lesson and was fun to watch. I believe if we had more things like this our children would grow to be their own person, avoiding things like gangs." --Marques Dawson, Africana Studies Major
I absolutely adored the costumes. They went from fierce leopard dress to a shiny, glittery, sparkly dress. They really just popped out like a cat getting ready to pounce on a bird. --Katie Pratt-Thompson. Gantt Elementary
"The Queens were also very good. Some of them I had heard about... but some of them were new to me. I had fun working/volunteering for this program. It was very good. I think more college students, need to see this program too." -- Gina Burton, Africana Studies Major
“The music seemed exciting and powerful, similar to thunder booming from the heavens, though it was also soothing, like the sound of a river.”